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There's nothing more special than finding tidbits of the past in a country that seems to have already laid down its technologically-advanced future;

The Review: Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

Housed atop Tokyo鈥檚 tallest building and Mori Building Company鈥檚 newest crowning glory, Toranomon Hills, Andaz Tokyo seems to be well-positioned for a warm welcome. Truth be told, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is not the brand鈥檚 first venture into the Asian hospitality scene, but it is indeed the first in the Japanese market. It鈥檚 big sister in Shanghai is attracting a lot of interest and rounds of applause, that everyone cannot help but hold the Tokyo property to a higher standard....

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Side Trip from Tokyo: Nikk艒

Nikk艒 may just be 125 kilometers North of Tokyo, but the air here feels quite different. Your 2- to 4-hour travel time (depending on where you鈥檙e coming from, and how you鈥檙e going there) will transport you to this city tucked well within the mountainous parts of Tochigi Prefecture....

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura

In the 20th of May 1927, Japanese Government Railways (JGR), the pre-war predecessor of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), opened Kita-Kamakura Station in Yamanouchi to connect the American Naval Arsenal in Yokosuka to the Tokyo capital. Since then, the area has been known as Kita-Kamakura....

Yakumo Saryo’s Sabo Teahouse

Caught up in the middle of Shibuya Crossing on a weekend afternoon, or stuck in the Tokyu Toyoko Line during a weekday rush hour, trying to find peace of mind in Tokyo may seem like an impossible task. But, if your idea of quieting your thoughts equates to sipping tea by a Zen garden, a 12-minute walk from Toritsu Daigaku Station, or a 5-minute car ride from Nakameguro might do the trick.聽...

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Tokyo Street Style

The Japanese value appearances as much as any other East Asian does. When in聽Tokyo, it might be best to dress as the Tokyoites do. After all, it鈥檚 easier to聽approach a local, and ask for directions, when you feel irredeemably lost, if you聽feel confident that you look decent enough to be received well....

Dabbling Into Abenomics: Cheaper Yen

When frolicking around Shinjuku or hunting for the best bargains in Aoyama, a聽visitor would hardly notice that Japan has been in recession for the past few聽decades. Dig deeper 鈥 maybe, listen to the whines of Japanese friends here and聽there 鈥 and it will be difficult to not notice how the Japanese are spending less聽and less each year....

CLASKA Gallery & Shop ‘Do’

There is something intimate about the feel of handcrafted products. Somehow, touching聽them evoke the warmth and comfort of home, almost as though the emotions of the聽maker quietly reach you from deep within what has been made. It is difficult to come by聽products thoughtfully and carefully crafted by hand, though, even in the retail haven聽that is Tokyo. Good thing, a few brands are hard at work, trying to fill the void....

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Candy Man – Amezaiku Yoshihara

Amezaiku Yoshihara is a pleasant uphill walk from the Sendagi Station. Entering聽their workshop and store feels so much like exploring a candy wonderland your聽dentist would most probably hate, but would make your sweet tooth really聽ecstatic....

Despedida

Tokyo鈥檚 Omotesando may be popular for its modern art galleries and its ultra-chic聽shopping boulevard, but coffee-lovers and foodie travelers alike almost always find聽themselves in its backstreets, braving an unmarked residential area, in search of the聽holy grail of Tokyo鈥檚 Third Wave Coffee....

OBSCURA COFFEE ROASTERS, Kanda

In pursuit of the best iced coffee, no distance is too far to travel to; no聽location is too obscure to venture into. Coffee connoisseurs know how a caf茅鈥檚聽ambience, and interior design, as an extension, heavily affects taste perception....

Tokyo’s Coffee Landscape

Coffee is not part of Tokyo鈥檚 history, as it seems to be in most European cities,聽where entire subcultures revolve around hanging out in caf茅s, but the caffeine-laced drink is slowly climbing its way up the city鈥檚 pedestal. With independently聽owned coffee shops breaking the mold, and pioneering the introduction of Third聽Wave Coffee in Tokyo, the Tokyo scene is beginning to pique the interest of coffee聽lovers from all over Asia....

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mAAch ecute

mAAch ecute, a mixed-use commercial facility in Kanda, might seem like a normal, old brick and cement structure from the outside, but what lies within its walls is a long history waiting to be told....

銈偔銉€儶 Kakimori

The best words don鈥檛 come as easily, when you are right in front of a screen with聽fingers on a keyboard. You have to let yourself go with the flow and rhythm of a聽pen gliding on paper. Creating the perfect moment for the best story or love聽letter to blossom stands on its own as an intimate experience. Then, only the聽best implements will cut it. If you need help with setting the stage for that,聽Kakimori would most likely be your best bet....

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